From Emerald Green to Murky Brown

 

 

From Emerald Green to Murky Brown

Ensuring green data centres stay green after completion…

Technology advancements in Green Data centres are now becoming the industry standard across the globe, ensuring that data centres maintain green credentials and ongoing green performance ‘Service Management’ solutions provide post completion processes needed to remain green.

Once you open the doors to the emerald green data centre and allow people access, it can quickly become murky brown again.

Organisations make substantial investments in establishing green data centres. You may not be the size of Google, who invested $890 million in its data centre infrastructure in the first three months of 2011, but I would suggest you could be looking a multi-million dollar investment over a period of time. You don’t want to be held responsible for that investment going to waste.

 

The current position

The below outlines where you may currently be…

You have consolidated and automated and virtualised and de- duplicated and contained and coupled.

You have obtained an above average PUE, DCiE. WUE, ERE, CUE and DCcE.1

You are compliant with EPEAT and RoHS and WEEE2 directives. You are rapidly moving up the Data Centre Maturity Model.3

You have reduced costs and carbon emissions significantly.

The CEO, CFO, CIO and CMO all love you. Your data centre is a bright and shiny emerald green.

Whether this reflects your reality or it is a state to which you are aspiring, the questions green data centre owners and operators need to ask are:

  • When I reach the ideal state, how am I going to keep it that way?
  • How am I going to ensure that the organisation recognises the return on all that investment and hard work?
  • How am I going to stop my emerald green hue turning into one that is murky brown?

Why should you ask those questions? Because – your challenge is people!

 

Processes and procedures for people

The key is to have good processes and procedures for people to follow that will support all the technology solutions that you have adopted. The solution lies in Service Management. It has all the processes you need to protect your investment and enable your continual journey towards improved sustainability.

The Service Management lifecycle from Service Strategy through Service Design through Service Transition and Service Operation through to retirement of services contains all the processes you need to keep your green data centre bright and shiny.

The following are just some examples…

Service Strategy includes the process of Service Portfolio Management. Service Portfolio Management through the activities of “define, assess, approve and charter” should ensure that there is no duplication of services and associated applications. The introduction of new services that could have been supported by a change to existing application(s) rather than creation of new ones will only serve to unnecessarily increase the carbon footprint of the data centre.

Back in 2009, Intel announced that over the preceding 2 years they had reduced their applications by 37% towards their goal of 50%. They expected that retiring applications would result in a net present value of more than USD $50 million. Consider the associated reduction in carbon emissions through the release of infrastructure that was required to support the unnecessary 50%.

When designing services within Service Design every consideration should be given to reducing the environmental impact of the service. This should include developing software in a way that can be used for long periods of time without becoming outdated; developing applications that will run in the most effective and efficient manner; developing services with the lowest possible hardware requirements. Poorly designed services will increase the carbon footprint of your data centre unnecessarily.

As well as the obvious candidate in support of sustainability – Capacity Management, Availability Management, IT Service Continuity Management and Service Level Management are key processes. These processes should ensure that the availability requirements of the business for their services are appropriate to the value and priority of that service to the business. There is an environmental (as well as financial cost) in the provision of high levels of resilience, storage and contingency. If it is not required, don’t provide it in your data centre.

Service Asset and Configuration Management (SACM) within Service

Transition is a key player in keeping your data centre green. If you haven’t already done so, a first step towards your green data centre is to do a complete inventory of servers, software and applications, including the interdependencies between them all via SACM. You need to firstly understand how each physical and virtual server is used, what software is running on it, which business applications it supports and what its actual value is to the business. Then you can work out what to remove, refresh or virtualise unused, unnecessary and inefficient assets.

Once you have done this you need to keep a track of what is in your data centre and how it is being used, so regular audits through SACM are crucial. Comatosed equipment will start to pop up as developers decommission applications without the associated removal of redundant hardware. SACM will ensure that this is detected and remedial action can be taken.

Back in 2009, Sun Microsystems undertook a clean-up of data centre facilities at four of their major campuses and pulled out over 440 pallets of equipment. There were 6,199 devices in total with 4,100 of them being servers. 64% of those servers were still powered on and consuming energy around the clock. Sun equated the environmental impact of this to puling 6000 cars off the road.

You don’t want to have to do this to your emerald green data centre a few years down the track just because of a lack of a good SACM process!

Change Management of course is key in ensuring that every change is considered for its environmental impact and that redundant equipment resulting from the change is identified (in conjunction with SACM and Release and Deployment Management) so that it can be removed in a timely manner.

Change Management should ensure that Requests for Change (RFCs) are accepted or rejected using a rationale that includes the environmental impact of that change as well as the financial, business and technology impacts.

The rationale can include environmental requirements such as:

  • the use of suppliers of products and services with environmental and sustainability management systems and ISO 140001 accreditation;
  • the utilisation of devices that conform to a specified energy rating;
  • the use of devices that have a lifetime energy footprint within specified parameters;
  • the identification and removal of redundant components – infrastructure and applications – and their reuse, recycling or environmentally responsible disposal;
  • sustainable release and deployment methods including remote access and local distribution;
  • the inclusion of environmental targets within SLAs, OLAs and UCs; and
  • adherence to the organisation’s sustainability policy, objectives and targets.

All of this will contribute to keeping the data centre green.

In Service Operation, Event Management should be used to detect deviation from the expected environmental performance of the data centre and ensure that Incidents are created and directed to the most appropriate resource to undertaken investigation and diagnosis as soon as possible. Corrective action can then be taken to get the data centre back to its emerald green status.

Where Incidents related to deviation from expected environmental data centre performance is repeatedly occurring, Problem Management should be used to determine root cause and eliminate it.

Continual Service Improvement contains the processes that enable the data centre and facilities team to look at ways in which the sustainability of the data centre can be continual improved and become an even brighter green. Service Measurement and Service Reporting will be imperatives in keeping a handle on current performance against targets and determining where improvements can be made.

Service Management is the data centre or facilities manager’s friend. The effective implementation of the aforementioned processes and the others within Service Management will result in the protection of the data centre from undesirable activity that starts the journey from emerald green to murky brown.

I have only mentioned a few of the Service Management processes in this article but for more information see below link.

Macanta has developed the eco-ITSM service, which uncovers the sustainability aspect of every process, function and activity within service management. More information is available from www.eco-itsm.com or www.macanta.com.au

Thanks and acknowledgement to Karen Ferris – Director, Macanta Consulting

1  PUE    =    Power        Usage    Effectiveness,    DCiE   =   Data   Centre   Infrastructure    Efficiency,    WUE    =   Water  Usage  Effectiveness,    ERE   =   Energy  Reuse  Effectiveness,    CUE    =  Carbon    Usage  Effectiveness,  DCcE  =  Data  Centre  Compute  Efficiency  

2  EPEAT  =  Electronic  Product  Environmental  Assessment  Tool,  RoHS  =  Reduction    in    hazardous    Substances,    WEEE   =   Waste   Electrical    and   Electronic    Equipment  

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http://www.thegreengrid.org/Global/Content/Tools/DataCenterMaturityModel.aspx

Green building and eco educational trip to Malaysia 2012

Green building and eco educational trip to Malaysia 2012

Geoff will be undertaking a 10 day Green building and Eco Educational trip to Malaysia in mid February 2012.

The start of the trip includes  touring the latest green buildings of Kuala Lumpur including attendance at Green Build Asia 2012

Green Build Asia 2012

Asia’s No.1 Event on Sustainable Building, Design & Construction

The world of sustainable building, design and construction will converge in Kuala Lumpur for Green Build Asia 2012 Exhibition & Conference. Held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC).

The event is expected to be attended by over 10,000 delegates and trade buyers from across the region to get updated on the latest in property, building design, materials, construction equipment and interiors. Hosted by the Construction Industry Development Board, Malaysia, the event is Asia’s No.1 Business-to-Business Event devoted to Green Building.

Days 3-10 will be spent visiting the Sepilok Orang-utan Rehabilitation Centre, Gayana Eco resort and the UNESCO listed Kinabalu Park.

Sepilok Orang-utan Rehabilitation Centre

The Sepilok Orang-utan Rehabilitation Centre was set up in 1964 to rehabilitate orphaned baby orang-utan. Set in the lush 4,300-hectare Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve.

The Centre under the administration of the Wildlife Department of Sabah attracts tourists and researchers alike, giving them the opportunity to watch the orang-utan up close in their natural habitat.

A boardwalk leads to a viewing area and feeding platform where the apes are fed milk and bananas twice a day by rangers. Feeding time also attracts long-tailed macaques to the area.

While orang-utan rehabilitation is still the primary goal at Sepilok, it also focuses on public education on conservation, research and assistance on other endangered species such as the rhinoceros.

Gayana Eco resort

Gayana Eco Resort rests serenely at the edges of a lush jungle forest on a coral reef island off the coast of Borneo. 52 over water, tropical villas are architecturally designed to enhance the soothing sounds of the surf below while capturing the enduring vistas of Mt. Kinabalu on the distant horizon.

At its heart, the resort is about protecting and re-generating our precious Marine Ecology, and the only such property to feature its own, on-site Marine Ecology Research Centre passionately propagating endangered Giant Clams and restoring natural coral reefs; where guests actively participate in restoring vibrant life back to once damaged ocean floors.

Kinabalu Park

Kinabalu Park was gazetted as the first State Park in Sabah in 1964 and declared Malaysia’s first World Heritage Site by UNESCO in the year 2000 for its outstanding biological attributes.

Also the Centre of Plant Diversity for South East Asia, the Park boasts more than 5,000 vascular plant species, an estimated 1,000 orchid species, 621 fern species, nine Nepenthes species, 29 Rhododendron species and two Rafflesia species.

The Park has no shortage of fauna as well, being home to some 90 lowland mammal species, 22 montane mammal species, 21 bat species, 326 bird species, 62 toad and frog species and a large population of the 850 butterfly species that occur in Sabah.

Out of the 29 bird species that are endemic to Borneo, at least 17 are confined to the mountains, notably Mount Kinabalu. These include subspecies of the Red breasted Tree-partridge, Crimson-headed Wood-partridge and Mountain Blackbird.

Such diversity is truly the makings of a naturalists’ paradise!

Introducing Studio Green – Cool and Green

Introducing Studio Green follow link to read about studio green and how Shape Our Future is powering sustainable projects and initiatives.

We are currently seeking content, advertisers and sponsors for our upcoming digital editions versions.

email studiogreenteam@gmail.com for more details or to make submissions.

#studiogreen #in

Portsea Polo 2012 had a touch of ‘Green’

Cool Australia Green Room at the Portsea Polo

A warm Saturday in early January 2012 saw the annual Portsea Polo get a ‘touch of green’ through the addition of Cool Australias ‘Green Room’ marquee thanks to Jason Kimberley, Deb Hallmark and the team at coolaustralia.org

With more than 4000 at the polo, just 180 guests were able to enjoy the eco friendly, sustainable marquee where we drank champagne from recycled jars, through biodegradable straws, whilst sitting on hay bales surrounded by walls of potted strawberries and wooden crates filled with  herbs, fruits and vegatables.

Contributions made by Joost design and  food by Damm Fine Foods and with the best field side position we enjoyed the polo matches whilst making a worthy contribution to the Cool Australia Not-for-Profit organisation.

As the day drew to a close guests grabbed their potted strawberry plant, said goodbyes to new friends and headed off. A great day was had by all and I am sure future polo events will also get a ‘touch of green’.

Geoff Gourley Founder Shape Our Future and Jason Kimberley Founder Cool Australia

 
 

The Green Room

About Cool Australia

Cool Australia is your one-stop info-shop for all things environmental, inspirational, practical and sustainable. Full of facts, they are the eco-link between science and our community, businesses and schools.

Cool Australia explains global warming and environmental issues in plain English. They promote the great green stories happening in Australia and help you to find out the challenges we face and what people are doing to get us back on track.

Australian’s are embracing a low-impact lifestyle because it is the smart, cool and healthy way to live. It makes us feel connected to our neighbours, family and friends. If we work together we can build a city that is cleaner, fairer, safer and happier.

Studio Green – The latest Cool and Green content needed

Seeking Cool and Green content

Studio Green has recently launched and we are now seeking ‘Expressions of Interest and Submissions’ from content authors to provide original short articles, profile pieces, reviews etc for free use and publication in the Studio Green online blog and, potentially, in the upcoming ‘Digital Editions’ version.

Studio Green is powered by Not-for-Profit Shape Our Future to communicate the latest ‘Cool and Green’ things under the following topics – Design, Tech, People, Style, Travel, Culture, Food + Drink, Environment, Sustainability.

Our mantra is “Cool and Green’ if it fits that criteria we want to hear about it so others can read about it.

If you have a passion for writing and for all things ‘Cool and Green’ we would love to hear from you. As we are a NFP all submissions are made pro bono, non-commercial creative commons license deemed granted, fair use applies and appropriate author attributions will be made.

Submit your EOI or submit a piece here.

For further information please contact our founder here.

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Help rewrite the users manual – 2012 CSL Fellowship

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Help rewrite the user’s manual – 2012 CSL Fellowship program

Applications for the 2012 Melbourne and Sydney Centre for Sustainability Leadership Fellowship Program are now open!

This is a fantastic opportunity to become a change maker and influence the future direction of global sustainability.

In 2008 I completed this fellowship and acknowledge it assisted me a great deal, helping me to communicate and influence change across the globe.

Once a year the Centre for Sustainability Leadership runs the Fellowship Program for 25 ambitious sustainability change makers in both Sydney and Melbourne.

This is a unique training opportunity where the selected individuals develop the skills, networks and knowledge needed to be effective in forging a more sustainable future.
The 7-month evening and retreat-based program is packed full of practical, immersive and challenging thinking and activities designed to grow each Fellow’s capacity to influence positive change in their areas of passion.

The program consists of the following core areas which participants are required to participate in;

26 workshops from April to November
Three residential retreats: (1) April (2) September (3) November
Participation in mentor and coaching meetings
Preparation for the workshops and complete weekly assignments
Contribute to a group or individual project
Attend the graduation evening
Join and contribute to the CSL Alumni Program.

Click here for more information about the program.

Click here to make an application.

Rainforest Eco Camp -Khao Sok, Thailand

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Rainforest Eco Camp – Khao Sok, Thailand

I was invited in October 2011 to visit this amazing eco retreat as part of an educational trip to study eco based retreats and resorts; I also visited Elephant Hills as part of this trip. See Elephant Hills post.

The Rainforest Camp, one of the only floating tented camps in the world is surrounded by the jungles and towering Limestone Mountains of Khao Sok National Park. The plants and animals resident in the flooded forest still thrive in the dense jungles and towering mountains that surround the lake. Species include numerous monkeys, elephants, water buffalos, bears and countless plants including the world’s largest flower species the Rafflesia which can measure almost a meter across.

Following on from our stay at the Elephant Hills Camp we arrive at Cheow Larn Lake, a Hydro lake operated by the Thai Government. Here we board a traditional Long Boat which takes us for a pleasurable 1 hour ride to the far reaches of this huge, 185 Square kilometres, and deep, an average of 90 metres, lake.

10 Luxury Safari Tents with en-suite bathrooms provide an intimate base for us to explore southern Thailand’s tropical rainforest. Powered purely by both Solar and Wind energy and using unique waste management systems, Black Water Recycling, our stay at the Rainforest Camp will leave no negative impact on the surrounding forest. Elephant Hills Rainforest Camp is designed to be as responsible as possible, allowing you to be at one with nature. This has to be the most unique and responsible way to experience the true beauty of Southern Thailand’s endangered rainforest habitat!

On arrival we were greeted by the local camp manager and our guide who was to be with us for the next couple of days. We dropped our gear and quickly took one of the many kayaks to paddle through klongs and channels in search of monkeys and birds, we were lucky enough to see a flock of the rare Horn Bill birds which are known for inhabiting this area but rarely seen.

Once back to the camp we relax from the front of our tent and watch the sun set over the jungle, followed by a swim in the emerald waters of Cheow Larn Lake. The evening meal is a combination of fish, fresh from the lake, local salads and vegetables and a few refreshing cold beers.

Day two we raise to a stunning sun rise and hearty breakfast, in readiness for a half day trek in a part of the National Park. Here we climb up, very steeply, through the dense jungle on a narrow track, seeking out wild hogs, butterflies, birds and gibbons, and it’s HOT.

Almost at the top of the mountain our guide takes us into a deep, and cool, cave where, from a safe distance we encounter a number of snakes, an amazing experience if somewhat frightful.

Our decent is steep and slippery through the lush jungle but we finally make it to a deep blue lagoon where a Long Boat is awaiting to return us to the camp to collect our gear and have a final refreshing swim.

As we speed across the lake we can see many monkeys and bird life scattered across the high cliffs and low grass banks of the lake. The journey ends with a boat ride back to Cheow Larn Lake port where we head off to Khao Lak with many great learning’s about these fantastic and unique eco retreats.

See Elephant Hills post for more information and follow Flickr link to see photos.

http://www.rainforestcamp.com

http://www.youtube.com/user/ElephantHills

Elephant Hills Eco Camp – Khao Sok, Thailand

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Elephant Hills Eco Camp – Khao Sok, Thailand

Elephant Hills is Thailand’s first luxury tented jungle camp combining the camp ideas of African national parks with the Thai tropical forest environment.

I was invited in October 2011 to visit this amazing eco retreat as part of an educational trip to study eco based retreats and resorts.

Elephant Hills 30 luxurious tents are tailor-made and set in the largest area of protected rainforest in Southern Thailand. Each tent features twin beds, fan, kettle, and a luxurious bathroom with toilet and hot/cold shower. The tents provide ample space and are well protected against mosquitoes and other possible intruders. The furniture is handmade by local skilled craftsmen using natural materials and provides all the comfort you would normally find in a hotel room. There are enough lights to read by and fill your diaries with the day’s observations and importantly power to recharge your iPad and Camera.

At the centre of the camp is the semi-open air, main camp housing the restaurant. This serves as the place to meet other guests, dine and relax. It also has a number of information boards which give guests an in-depth understanding of the local area, wildlife and history.

The forest is filled with animals and plants, some of them can only be found in this environment. Two nights and three days at Elephant Hills is a unique experience; the temperatures drop, campfires create a romantic and warm atmosphere in which to share travel tales and the rainforest and its inhabitants form an exciting concert that accompanies visitors through the night.

Upon arrival the camp manager personally guided us around the camp and explained the main features, the next few days’ activities and helped all guests get settled in.

Fantastic traditional Thai fare was on offer for the evening, served at a communal table this enabled all guests to get know one another and chat about the retreat and how we came to be there. Some had been travelling around Asia, a couple caught the train from Bangkok and I transferred from Kamala where I had visited an area devastated by the Tsunami a number of years ago.

In the morning we awoke to the different noises of the forest; the jungle wakes up whilst the hills surrounding the camp are still covered in mist. Once the mist disappears, the lush greenery of the tropical rainforest stunningly lights the day and it is possible to take in the magnificent views of the surrounding rainforest covered mountains.

With a guide we kayak down river for approx 1 hour slowly and quietly drifting past local villages, farms and stunning landscape, and in the distance the Elephant Hills which rise above the rainforest.

We arrived at a historical local cave where we left our canoe guides and walked through to an area where a jeep was waiting to transport us to the Elephant Hills Elephant Reserve.

Here we spend the day assisting the local handlers to feed and wash the Elephants, prepare various foods and maintain extensive vegetable gardens.

Upon return to the camp we took a dip in the pool which rests at the base of the Limestone Mountains.

Dinner that evening included a cooking lesson in traditional jungle curries and a dance performance by children from a local school which is part of Elephant Hills Corporate Social Responsibility charter, the school directly benefits form a portion of profits from the camp and any donations guests make.

On our last day here we are transfer to the Elephant Hills other camp the Rainforest Camp, one of the only floating tented camps in the world, situated on one of Thailand’s most spectacular rainforest lakes.

See Rainforest Camp post for more information and follow Flickr link to see photos.

www.elephant-hills.com
http://www.facebook.com/ElephantHills

Shape Our Future – An Introduction

What is Shape Our Future?

In 2008 our founder, Geoffrey Gourley, Social Entrepreneur and Environmentalist from a young age, was selected to undertake a fellowship in sustainability leadership. Realising long ago the planet is not an infinite natural resource; Geoff understands the urgency needed to address climate change, environmental and ecological issues if we are to sustain humanity.

Shape Our Future was conceptualised and launched in 2008 with a vision to lead, develop and influence business and community to a sustainable future.

 “we invite you, to join with us, in shaping our future, making a contribution to preserving our beautiful planet and create a pathway for all future generations to live sustainably”. Geoffrey Gourley – Founder.

Our Vision

Lead, develop and influence business and community to a sustainable future through visioning, fostering and funding ecological, environmental and sustainable initiatives.

Our Objectives

• Develop ecological, environmental and sustainability projects in general with an emphasis on climate change and offsetting the deleterious effects of burning fossil fuels and global warming.

• Advise on, fund and influence business and the wider community to develop ecological, environmental and sustainability projects.

• Respond to the climate change crisis and its impact including developing a vision for a sustainable future that is feasible and able to be implemented by business and the community.

• Address and re-evaluate traditional thinking by looking differently at social, economic and environmental issues.

• Foster the creation of regions for the growth and protection of flora and fauna by the community in general or various sub-sets of the community where people can contribute, learn and assist with restoring our ecology and biodiversity.

• Foster effective management of land and reserves including the control of pests and the minimisation of damage caused by climate change.

• Offer services to business, community, government and other organisations including future and visionary thinking, consultancy, assessment, leadership, innovation, marketing, planning and strategy in relation to the objects set out above and related issues.

Our Values

Respect – Integrity – Courtesy – Honesty – Ethics – Support

Our Green Credo

As a social organisation we lead by example, it is not enough to simply undertake a few good sustainable practices and call yourself ‘Green’. We here at Shape Our Future take our reputation and our environment seriously.

You won’t see us partaking in unsustainable activities. We walk the talk and have the evidence to back it up. Below you will find details on our actual ‘Green Credo’ and Environmental policy. We have put in place a voluntary reporting and monitoring process along with a set of guiding principles to ensure everything we do is as sustainable as it can be.

Environmental Principles and Aspirations

Shape Our Future accepts that it has a moral obligation to ensure that its current and future projects, developments and operations work towards the goal of restoring balance to the ecosystems and global community’s sustainability – rather than just sustaining a degraded world.

We will respond to the climate change crisis and its impact including developing a vision for a sustainable future that is feasible and able to be implemented by business and the community.

“Restoration is a more productive, imaginative, and innovative path forward.” Paul Hawken

As Shape Our Future Executive Director, Geoffrey Gourley, said in
July 2009:

“We face a global climate crisis, more than ever before, we need innovative and immediate change in paradigms to unlock sustainability as a pathway for future generations. Global and local communities need leaders to outline and vision a future, we need to consider and value our environment as an integral part of any sustainable society”.
Under the Sustainability Policy ratified by the Board in July 2009, Shape Our Future has set principles and aspirations including:

  • Our aim to lead, develop and influence environmental and social management through sustainable business principles and practices to minimise our impact on the environment and increase contributions we make to the community.
  • Shape Our Future encourages the use of environmentally-friendly transport options, and limits the amount of interstate and overseas travel our management, staff and volunteers make in fulfilling their work duties.
  • Shape Our Future has committed to improving energy efficiency across all our projects and developments, eliminating the use of unsustainable forms of energy, ensuring energy is purchased through green power accredited sources and that energy use is CO2 neutral or off set where required.
  • Our aim to achieve a zero-waste target by reducing, reusing and recycling materials, minimising the purchase and use of consumables, and when purchasing goods we choose environmentally friendly options that produce the least amount of waste and are efficient in their consumption of energy and resources.
  • Shape Our Future aims to exceed the minimum requirements, for Commonwealth, State and Local environmental regulations, policies, legislation and voluntary initiatives.
  • We encourage and support our employees in volunteering activities for other organisations, acknowledging the contribution volunteering makes to the community.
  • We support our employees in balancing personal and work commitments in recognition this contributes to employee health, satisfaction and well being. All Shape Our Future management, employees and volunteers are encouraged to allow sufficient time for each aspect.
  • We choose our partners, service providers, consultants and stakeholders which are aligned to our vision, values, principles, aspirations and objectives and demonstrate environmental leadership in their sector.
  • All our company tenancies are carbon neutral (greenhouse gas emissions which have been reduced through efficiencies are offset via carbon trading).
  • Environmental considerations inform all our investment decisions.
  • All business operations are zero net carbon, water & waste as a minimum.
  • All projects we develop and/or operate are independently rated as achieving good environmental status.

Policy

Summary

Through our commitment to the principles of ecologically sustainable development we will contribute to creating a sustainable future and lead, develop and influence improvements in environmental performance. This undertaking is an obligation of the board and management team and the responsibility of every staff member and volunteer.

Detail

Shape Our Future is committed to providing a high quality environment in the Not-for-Profit Environmental and Sustainability sector, which meet the requirements and expectations of Clients, Statutory Authorities, Employees and Community Groups.

Shape Our Future affirms its commitment to applying sustainable business and development principles to all facets of our organisations processes and to continually improve our performance in minimising the impact on, and pollution of, the environment.

In achieving this Shape Our Future is committed to the implementation, maintenance and improvement of a Management System meeting the requirements of Australian and International Standard AS/NZS ISO 14001.

The Board of Directors will review environmental objectives and set performance targets each year. Managers through their line management structure are accountable for ensuring all employees and volunteers achieve these objectives and targets.

The Company’s Environmental performance will be monitored against established performance targets and the results reported to the Board of Directors on a regular basis.

Shape Our Future affirm that they have a legal obligation to comply with relevant environmental legislation, standards and codes of practice as the minimum level of performance and a professional obligation to acknowledge the views of Environmental and Community Groups.

Shape Our Future acknowledge that environmental excellence can only be achieved and maintained by a clear unequivocal direction of all levels of management, stimulating a participative atmosphere and sense of pride in our environmental achievements by all employees and volunteers, and through recognition by concerned groups in obtaining this.

Why we do it.

Seeing firsthand the earth’s changing climate, humanities impact on the natural environment and depleting resources this generation is at or past a tipping point which could affect all future generations’ ability to inhabit the earth as we know it.

The environment is central to developed and developing countries and a communities continuance, without a balanced and sustainable environment we, as a race, will not be able to survive the future.

Our generation will be judged on the decisions we make at this time, as Al Gore once said to me ‘this is a time of turning, we don’t want future generations to say, ‘what were you thinking, didn’t you care enough to change’, we want them to ask, ‘how did you find the moral courage to rise to the challenge’.

Shape Our Future was formed as an organisation that leads, develops and influences others to make changes, we encourage, educate, and support people from all walks of life to find that moral courage needed to ensure sustainable prosperity for all.

We do it because we care, we are a group of passionate people with a common goal, and a desire to make a real and lasting difference, the greatest legacy we can leave is a healthy planet and a sustainable pathway for future generations.

We Wood Watch

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Great collection of Wooden Watches

WEWOOD has emerged out of Italy as an emblem of eco-luxury and design, committed to the health of our planet. WEWOOD is the avant-garde approach to sophisticated sustainability. I received a We Wood Watch at Christmas and love the designs they have.

WEWOOD lets us rediscover nature in its beauty, its simplicity and inspired design. It reminds us of a tree’s powerful way of life; rooted, yet reaching.

Completely absent of artificial and toxic materials, the WEWOOD Timepiece is as natural as your wrist. It respects your skin as you respect nature by choosing it. Your WEWOOD Watch breathes the same air that you breathe and may awaken memories from another time and place. Your WEWOOD Watch records your sensations and shares your experiences as the perfect natural mate, whose story also becomes yours to wear, smell and feel.

Rebuilding an Endangered Ecosystem – One Tree at the Time

A philosophy not implemented is only a dream. Conversely, when you get your WEWOOD Timepiece, you can feel confident you’re making a difference. One Timepiece plants one tree, and together we help to ensure the health and survival of the natural world.

One Watch  – One Tree – One Planet

“The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The second best time is now.”

Visit www.we-wood.com.au/